The opening day of KU Basketball Boot Camp turned into a two-a-day workout for the Jayhawks on Monday.
“We just didn’t get it done (completed). The young kids were really nervous,” Self said of the 6 to 7 a.m. session in KU’s practice facility.
“It was much better,” he added of the afternoon conditioning drills.
Boot Camp runs Monday to Friday this week and all next week as well.
On Oct. 12, beginning at 5 p.m. ET, ESPNU and ESPN3 will broadcast live Midnight Madnesses (or their provincially named equivalents) from 13 different locales. You'll get live look-ins at Indiana, Kentucky, NC State, Syracuse, North Carolina, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Florida State, Georgetown, Maryland, Baylor (both the men's and reigning champion women's programs), Murray State and, last but not least, Kansas. These events will air throughout the evening, with studio coverage from Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose, and one of my favorite human beings, Dickie V himself.
The night begins with an in-depth look at what Katz put as the No.1 team in his super-early rankings last April, with ESPNU Midnight Madness: Indiana Practice at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. For the first time, the network will air a Hoosiers’ practice live and in full with commentary from college basketball analysts Jay Williams and Dan Dakich.
ESPN3 will continue complete live coverage of seven school sites throughout the evening. ESPNU studio will provide fans with a “whip-around” look at highlighted teams coast-to-coast from 9 p.m. to midnight. The madness coverage will extend into its final hour on ESPNU’s nightly entertainment show, UNITE, with its inaugural Midnight Madness Special.
ESPNU Midnight Madness 2012 highlights:
In-studio coverage and analysis provided by ESPNU host Dari Nowkhah and college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose, Katz, as well as contributions from Dick Vitale.
On-site commentators will provide coverage of various elements including scrimmages, player introductions, skill and dunk contests, team skits, head coach and player interviews, along with season previews. ESPN analysts on-site: Stephen Bardo, Doris Burke, Jimmy Dykes, Sean Farnham, Fran Fraschilla, Len Elmore, Miles Simon, Tim Welsh and more.
No.4 Kentucky, No.6 NC State, No.14 Syracuse, No.11 North Carolina, No. 25 Missouri, Pitt and FSU will all be featured live and in their entirety on ESPN3 with additional highlights and analysis on ESPNU throughout the evening
In addition to the teams below, Katz will conduct interviews with various top teams’ head coaches throughout the evening.
Team/ Commentators Location Network (Time ET)
TBD, Jay Williams & Dan Dakich Assembly Hall ESPNU (5 p.m.)
No. 4 Kentucky
TBD & Jimmy Dykes Rupp Arena ESPN3 (7:30 p.m.)
No.6 NC State
Sam Gore & Bruce Pearl PNC Arena ESPN3 (7 p.m.)
Rich Hollenberg & Seth Greenberg Carrier Dome ESPN3 (8 p.m.)
No.11 North Carolina
TBD & Doris Burke Dean Smith Center ESPN3 (7:30 p.m.)
Mitch Holthus & Stephen Bardo Mizzou Arena ESPN3 (8 p.m.)
Bob Picozzi & TBD Bigelow Avenue (Outside) ESPN3 (10 p.m.)
TBD Donald L. Tucker Center ESPN3 (7 p.m.)
Tim Welsh McDonough Arena ESPNU
Len Elmore Comcast Center ESPNU
No.10 Baylor (Men & Women)
Fran Fraschilla Ferrell Center ESPNU
Miles Simon CFSB Center ESPNU
Sean Farnham Allen Fieldhouse ESPNU
ESPN Media Zone
Kansas 2012-13 Schedule
Big 12/College News
What is the toughest place you have played in your career?
Kansas. Obviously, it’s sold out every single night, and the fans are diehard and would do anything for the team to win. Last year, before the jump ball, I was trying to talk to Kimmie (English) and tell him what defense we were in and he couldn’t even hear me. The game hadn’t even started yet. It was crazy. All he could see was my mouth moving.
Who is the toughest guy you’ve ever had to guard?
Tyshawn Taylor. He always had the green light to shoot, so you never know when and where he was going to shoot it from.
Athlon Q&A with Phil Pressey
What’s the next step for this program?
Scott Drew: We’ve finished second in the Big 12 and we’ve finished second in the Big 12 tournament, and we’ve gone to two Elite Eights in the last three years. The next step would be to win a conference championship or a conference tournament championship or to go to a Final Four and win a national championship. That’s the great thing -- there are still some things we haven’t accomplished. That should excite any player.
Kansas has won eight straight Big 12 titles. What’s it going to take for someone to finally unseat the Jayhawks?
SD: Coach [Bill] Self does a great job every year of preparing his guys to the point where they don’t beat themselves. If someone is going to win the title, they just flat-out have to beat them, they have to be better on that night. Some teams have bouts of inconsistency, some teams give away games. Those things never happen with Kansas. They’re also outstanding on the defensive and offensive end and in rebounding.
ESPN Q&A with Scott Drew
Washington State point guard Reggie Moore was dismissed from the team Monday.
Coach Ken Bone said in a prepared statement that the senior was dismissed for violation of team rules.
Washington State spokeswoman Jessica Schmick declined to provide additional details about the dismissal.
ESPN Tip-Off Marathon schedule
2012-13 Early Season Events List
KU coach Bill Self tonight will visit the home of No. 5-ranked Aaron Gordon, a 6-8 senior small forward from Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose, Calif. Gordon has a list of KU, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Kentucky and Cal.
He visited Oregon last weekend and will visit Washington this weekend, with trips scheduled to KU (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 19). He still has to schedule a visit to Kentucky.
Kentucky wasn’t really on Gordon’s radar early this summer, but now they’ve become a factor.
“He’s pretty serious about them. they’ve already done their home visit and he’s impressed with Kentucky,” Kennedy said. “He always wants a challenge to go against the top competition around so they’re always going to be in the mix.”
As for Arizona, freshman forward Brandon Ashley is one of several Oakland Soldiers on the roster, “so he knows them,” Kennedy said.
“He’s done an unofficial out there before so he loves the facilities they have out there and the program they’re building up,” Kennedy said.
Gordon may be the least familiar with Kansas, but will meet with coach Self on Tuesday before the official next month.
“That’s one he kind of doesn’t know a lot about, just for the fact he’s never been out there,” Kennedy said. “But it’s Kansas, kind of like a Kentucky thing where it’s always a top program so he’s interested and he has a connection through knowing the assistant [Kurtis Townsend] for a little while.”
Gordon has always said he’ll wait until the spring to sign and that hasn’t changed.
“He’s been saying he’s not going to pick until April for a while,” Kennedy said. “I thought he might have switched it but he’s staying true to that.”
Peters' stock is continually rising, and he can no longer be considered a back-up plan on Coach Turgeon's recruiting agenda.
Maryland can't afford to lose out on another local product. The Terps' need to lock down Roddy Peters before a national powerhouse like Kansas encroaches too closely into Maryland's window of opportunity.
With Kansas entering the recruitment of Peters full-force, should Maryland seriously worry Peters will ditch his dream school?
The answer is yes.
Peters is an elite talent. He has ideal size at 6'4'', and his menacing approach on the offensive end would fit perfectly into Bill Self's system at Kansas.
Inevitably, someone as highly regarded as Peters is going to start receiving legitimate national attention. It had always been just a matter of when the big name schools would start calling, and not if.
That time is now.
To state it simply, Kansas is a more appealing destination for a recruit in terms of program history and sending players to the NBA. Peters isn't unique from any other high school prospect in regards to his desire of those two components.
Bleacher Report so TIFWIW
Center Karviar Shepherd (Dallas/Prime Prep Academy), No. 45 overall in the ESPN 100, is preparing to start his official visits this coming weekend, when he will checkout Texas A&M. TCU, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma are also on his short list.
"I want to find a coach that can make me the best I can be and help me improve," Shepherd said. "The way I play fits many styles, and academically I want to be a math teacher and maybe a minor in sports science or sports medicine."
Noah Vonleh has reclassified to 2013 from 2014 and several top schools are in hot pursuit.
The news was first reported by ESPN.com.
“He’s a good student,” New Hampton coach Pete Hutchins told InsidetheHall.com. “There were minimal changes that needed to be made to his course load. We just kind of made an easy decision in that he’s certainly talented enough. I think academically, it just made it that much easier to make that decision.”
CBSSports.com reported that Boston College, Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio State were pursuing the 6-foot-7 power forward the hardest. Jeff Goodman of CBS also Tweeted that Louisville coach Rick Pitino was due in to see Vonleh today (Monday).
Hutchins said Vonleh has yet to narrow his list.
“It’s not really fair to list,” he told Inside the Hall. “There’s a long list of schools interested in Noah and he has yet to narrow that list down in part because he just reclassified and I don’t think he has a firm grasp of which schools are going to pursue him and what those rosters look like.”